State hopefuls racing in Class B girls’ cross country have had the spring of 2015 circled on their calendars for three and a half years ever since Makena Morley won her first high school race for Bigfork. The all-everything distance runner is set to graduate soon, finally opening the door for someone else to win a few races.
Only another Morley, Bryn, is ready to step into that power void. And she may not even wait until Makena has moved on to an NCAA Division I collegiate program to do so.
Just behind Makena’s top times this fall, her freshman sister has clocked in hardly a breath away.
“She’s way better than I was, just even with the pressure of everything. She’s way ahead of where I was as a freshman,” Makena, a three-time State B champion, said of her younger sister.
Bryn Morley has the makings of the next big thing and has for some time. Even as a middle schooler she was posting times that would have earned a State B cross country medal. She also won the Flathead Invitational two weeks ago and placed third out of 331 runners at last weekend’s Mountain West Classic in 17 minutes, 4.61 seconds.
Just behind Makena, of course.
“It’s awesome to see how well she’s doing,” Bryn’s senior sister said. “And with workouts and everything, she’s tough too. She nails ’em all the time.”
The Morley duo started training together in full only recently as Bryn has stepped up her runs in the last few years, Makena said. The middle and high school runners at Bigfork have always trained together, but not so closely as these two.
Like practice, like race day. The sisters were neck and neck until the final few hundred meters last Saturday at the Mountain West when Makena pulled away. She was glad to have little sis’ there, though.
“And it’s been super nice having that training partner,” Makena said, the two girls pushing each other for even quicker times.
Class B runners beware.